Choco Mimi 1Posted: June 15, 2009
This was some seriously cute stuff. The cute artwork overload reminded me a lot of Junko Mizuno in a way, except this was way more flowery where Junko Mizuno is usually disturbing. Strangely, the girls in this series are in 8th grade, but it seems like a much younger girl is probably the target audience (which is appropriate enough given that this was a VizKids title). The format for the story was 4-panel gag strips mixed with 1-2 page comics. The jokes center around Choco and Mimi, two best friends, one is serious and cute, one is ditzy and cute. Choco also has a crush on a “cool” boy nicknamed Andrew, and later, a cute boy named Mumu is introduced that seems like a rival/romantic interest for Mimi, but kind of isn’t. All four are friends. There’s also a teacher that hounds Mimi. There are also various pets.
Interspersed throughout the book are character profiles, side stories, and copious fashion tips for every occasion based on the individual styles of Choco and Mimi. There’s also a sticker sheet. All of these are pretty nice extras for a book aimed at little girls.
The jokes are a strange mix of kind of funny, no joke at all, and an occasional awesome joke. I was laughing sometimes, and I kind of liked the book for what it was, a collection of gag strips for little girls about two girls being friends. Their friendship is never on shaky ground, and the overall mood is a very positive one. I wasn’t all that interested in fashion, but it’s probably something I would have liked in grade scale based on the cuteness factor alone. I wouldn’t have LOVED it, but I probably would have liked it all the same.
And with no overarching plot or direction, gag strips and fashion tips are about all I can comment on. If the intended recipient likes cute, fashion, pets, friends, and gags, they’ll probably like this.
This was a review copy provided by Viz.